This photo, circa 1910, courtesy of Antoine Breunis, is of a Drent, and a pair of other dogs being used for carting. Many Dutch people will tell you the Drent is a farm dog, and here is the indisputable evidence. While I do not deny the humble origins of the Drent as a farm dog, I prefer to think of non-traditional roles such as what this photo depicts, for what the Drent is capable of. Essentially, the Drent “turns it up to 11 and rips the knob off” common term terms, like “versatile”, we North American's use to describe pointing dogs who happen to also retrieve, swim, and can hunt fur. These days not too many, if any, Drents are being used to bring goods to market, but they are being trained and used as service dogs, search and rescue, tracking, hunting potentially dangerous game, like wild boar, in addition to a myriad of activities like ski/bikejoring, canicross, agility, rally and of course all things hunting. What else are Drents capable of?
I'm just a guy suffering with an infatuation with gundogs since childhood. Fourty some years later this is what you get.